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 If you are a Lakota youth, living on the Pine Ridge reservation and adventurous, curious about life off the reservation and interested in making new friends, this program is for YOU!   The mission of the program is to build friendships and create cultural understanding and awareness between Lakota youth living on the Pine Ridge reservation and people in Eastern Massachusetts though participation in […]

Lakota Youth Visit the Dallin Museum For Second Year

This summer, the Dallin Museum once again had the pleasure of hosting a group of Lakota youth from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The visit was part of an eight-day, fun-filled trip to the Boston area organized by the Medford, Massachusetts-based Lakota YouthStay program. The children, ages ten to fifteen, enjoyed learning about […]

Our 2019 Hosting Experience by Susan and Mark Fuller

  Whew, what a week! Mark and I hosted 2 twelve year old Lakota girls, plus my eleven and thirteen year old nieces, because we thought it would be fun for everyone! And it was. Having 4 tween girls is a trip. Going into the host family experience, we really just hoped to provide a […]

My 2019 YouthStay Experience by Briley Ferguson

  My name is Briley Ferguson.  I am 12 years old and live in Kyle, SD on the Pine Ridge reservation.  I heard about this program from my teacher, Miss Babette Thin Elk. When we got to Boston, it was 1:00 am because of all the delays but it was still fun to be on […]

My 2018 Lakota YouthStay Experience by Quinton Maldonado

I bravely boarded the plane in Rapid City to Boston, after delays. My first time on a plane, my heart was pounding so hard I could hear it, finally the plane took off down the runway, I closed my eyes for a minute then opened my eyes and thought wow!, I’m flying. Looking out my […]

MY 2018 YOUTHSTAY EXPERIENCE BY Tsenesa Ducheneaux

Tsenesa Ducheneaux emáčiyapi.  Canté wasté napé čiyuzapelo. Ina wayé kin Tawa ečiyápi. Ate wayé kin Heath ečiyápi. Pejuta Haka emátahan. Mahpiya Luta el wablawa. My name is Tsenesa Ducheneaux. I shake your hand with a warm heart. My mother is Tawa. My father is Heath. I live in Medicine Root district. I am a student […]

Links to Lakota YouthStay Program Articles

  Maiden voyage approaches for Medford Lakota Youthstay program Lakota YouthStay to return to Medford next summer Lakota Youthstay to hold benefit, silent auction Lakota YouthStay returns to Medford Lakota YouthStay host tipi-raising event Lakota YouthStay program brings Native young people to Massachusetts for immersion experience Lakota YouthStay program visits the Dallin Museum in Arlington […]

Lakota Youth Stay program and the amazing Eliot Johnson and J. Street Blues Band

The West Medford Community Center offers a monthly series called “First Friday Words and Music”. This is an ongoing program held on the first Friday of each month from 8pm – 10:30pm. There is a discussion on a topic of community interest/concern followed by live music performed by local musicians. This monthly event is based on […]

My 2018 YouthStay Experience by Jewelia LeBeau

My experience in Boston was fun and exciting. I had a great time and Joy and Bruce were so nice and I’m very thankful to them for everything they’ve done to get us to Boston to have a great experience. I also enjoyed every activity we did from the aquarium to the ice cream shop. […]

A Lakota Youth Week by Loren Gomez, Host Family

Reflections on a Week with Lakota Youth It took the most part of a day to get my house back in order. Piles of laundry, sweeping sand off of the floors, restocking the kitchen shelves from something other than Hi-C, Fuego Takis and Cocoa Krispies. The 2018 Lakota Youth stay week officially ended on Wednesday […]

Lakota YouthStay Trip to Pine Ridge 2018

by Bruce Roberts Our 7th annual trip to the Pine Ridge reservation was a great success.   We were joined this year by volunteers, Theresa Racicot and Mike Denton, who stayed with us at Re-member, the non-profit with whom we have worked with every summer.  Joy and I had driven most of the way from Denver […]

Lakota YouthStay Receives 2018 Haystack Award

The Justice and Witness Council of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ presents the annual Haystack Award in recognition of exemplary work in the area of justice and charity. On Saturday, June 16 at the 219th Annual Meeting – Lakota YouthStay founders, Joy Harris and Bruce Roberts were recognized and received this humble […]

2018 Tipi-Raising & Painting Art Project Participants

Meet the Event Facilitators!! Lakota Cultural presenters Darrell Red Cloud Darrell Red Cloud is the 5th Blood Descendent of the great Lakota Chief RED CLOUD of the Oglala Lakota people.  Darrell is an Educator and Instructor at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, a National Park Ranger at Mount Rushmore […]

Making Connections – Summer 2016

The “rollout” of the Lakota YouthStay Program on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Summer 2016. At the Parade! We drove hurriedly along the gravel backroads of Nebraska to get to Pine Ridge Village in time for the parade. The Lakota Nation Wacipi parade takes place on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in southwestern South Dakota and […]